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Friday, March 9 

I'll Show You An Uphill Battle

House Dems Face Uphill Battle to End Iraq War. Nancy Pelosi has proposed a plan that would fund the war in Iraq but demand that troops leave by Sept. 1, 2008. Surprisingly, Bush is threatening to veto it should it actually pass the House. What really caught my attention, though, is this quote by Sheila Jackson Lee
"I believe the vote should be a vote of conscience," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, one of 71 members of a liberal coalition opposed to the war. "My vote would be for a safe, fully funded withdrawal of troops" by the end of this year, she said.

So, to vote your conscience is to vote to pull troops out of Iraq and throw the region into sectarian chaos which would cause the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis? Am I getting that right?

Just how does it ease your conscience to propose that closing our eyes to what would happen to Iraq should we just pack up a leave? Do our leaders really understand that little of history? Did they not learn about what happened in Vietnam after the American surrender withdrawal?

I am so tired of hearing people opposed to the war act like protecting the soldiers is the single most important issue they have to deal with. Add to that their mock outrage over the revelations about the health care that most vets receive in the VA system.

Anyone with half a brain knew that the VA system has been in a shambles for years, but no one wanted to do anything about it until it was a convenient weapon to use against Bush. I have news for you, Bush didn't break the system, and I'm sure it won't be fixed by the time he's out of office, either. Like most things in life, the best way to fix the VA system is to get the government out of it.

Would you like a prime example why I am vehemently against socialized health care in America? Take a look at the Veteran's Administration. That should be enough to scare the most ardent supporter of Hillary's plans. Unfortunately there is a large segment of the U.S. population that thinks government is the solution to anything they want and/or need.

We live in the greatest country in the world. Every single person in this country has the opportunity, no matter your color, religion, or whatever other category you want to use to separate us, to improve their lot in life.

No matter how much Rosie O'Donnell annoys the crap out of me, and has for years, this country provided her with the opportunity to come from humble beginnings and rise to the level of annoyance she currently occupies. The examples are endless of people who have come from nothing and turned their lives around. I don't just mean they've become rich or famous, but that they lived a better life than their parents every envisioned.

My family were steel workers in Pittsburgh. My great-grandfather went to work at the steel mill when he was so young that as he walked to work, his lunch box drug the ground. One of his children, my great-uncle, joined the Army, fought in WWII, went to college, was commissioned an officer, obtained his Phd. and retired a Lieutenant General. That's a far cry from his humble German-Irish, steel working roots.

Now let me bring this all back around.

I cannot imagine being so selfish that we want to keep this kind of freedom to ourselves. One of the things you hear from every liberal who ever achieved anything is that (s)he needs to "give back" to their community. That's great, help those where you came from to see that they can achieve just as much, if not more success then you did.

America came from humble beginnings to become the greatest country in the world. You can look at what we're doing in Iraq as "giving back". We're helping them to see the possibilities of a free society, and it's working. Is our work their finished? No. Is it safe? Hell no. Is it better than it has been? Most certainly yes. To abandon what has been achieved there would be the greatest act of selfishness we could possibly take.

It's time for those leaders who claim to support the troops to stop trying to sabotage what they're doing, and give them the time and resources they need to complete their mission.

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